Sarah Lawrence grad Rachel Berks was working in corporate America when she decided to go DIY. “I was looking for an alternative to the subjectivity of a patriarchal, hierarchal work model for myself,” she says. “Otherwild is that answer.” Now the feminist and queer-based shop boasts two successful locations in New York and Los Angeles, as well as a thriving online boutique, made famous for their “The Future is Female” slogan Ts and sweatshirts. And that’s just one of the incredible goods one could buy from Otherwild, which offers clothing, natural bath and beauty products, publications, housewares, jewelry and other fun finds from “independent makers and craftspeople,” some of whom also offer workshops, classes and performances to the public. “Being out has deeply affected my mission,” Berks says. “I was determined to utilize all that I understand and know about the importance of community, the possibilities of visibility and language, the centrality of ethical struggles, and the oppression of economic paradigms. Otherwild is an outlet, as well as a place from which to continually learn.” —TB
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